Bianchi laid to rest in Nice

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Marussia F1 Team

Marussia F1 Team

Jules Bianchi's funeral has taken place in his home city of Nice, in Southern France, following his death on Friday.

Bianchi sustained serious injuries in a crash at last year's Japanese Grand Prix and remained in a coma for nine months, before passing away last week at the age of 25.

Bianchi's funeral took place at the Sainte-RĂ©parate Cathedral in Nice on Tuesday morning.

Large portraits of the Formula 1 driver were hung outside the Cathedral, with mourners and a large array of bouquets lining the surrounding streets.

Several leading figures from the world of motor-sport attended the funeral, including FIA President Jean Todt and Formula 1 champions Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button.

Jean-Eric Vergne, Felipe Massa, Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado were among those who carried Bianchi's coffin out of the Cathedral following the end of the service.

Mourners then surrounded Bianchi's coffin - upon which was placed his race helmet - for a moment of quiet contemplation.

Bianchi is the first Formula 1 driver to die as a result of injuries sustained at a Grand Prix since Ayrton Senna in 1994.

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